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有關婦進家務移工組「研讀小組」︰“One of the Family”

新婦女協進會 (下稱婦進) 一直致力爭取性別平等以及關注與婦女、性別有關的議題和制度。在香港的家務移工因為她們的種族、階級和工種而受到種種不平等的待遇處境,我們一直都有關注,遂於2015年4月成立了「家務移工工作小組」,希望通過這個小組的行動進一步推動公眾了解這群婦女的處境。

「研讀小組」(study group) 便是我們打頭陣的第一個活動。通過「研讀小組」,我們期望邀請婦進的會員、公眾進行每個月一次的定期聚會,一起閱讀相關的文本(包括書籍、電影、散文等)來討論和思考家務移工的不同景況。

接下來的這一年,「研讀小組」的主題將會是 “Foreign Domestic Workers and Family Dynamics”: 究竟家務工在別人的家庭扮演什麼角色?家務工能否真正成為家中的一分子?工人又會對僱主的家庭產生什麼變化?為了呼應及突出我們的主題,我們將「研讀小組」的名稱定為 “One of the Family”。

第一次的研讀已安排在2016年2月18日(四)的晚上,及後將會每月安排一次研讀。如有興趣參與的朋友,請填妥以下表格報名。 http://goo.gl/forms/SqFxgCe4Ub

查詢︰cat@aaf.org.hk


研讀小組時間表︰

時間︰7:30-9:30 pm
地點︰婦進會址 (長沙灣李鄭屋邨禮讓樓120地下)

1) 18/2 (四) / “Maid to Order in Hong Kong”, Nicole Constable
2) 17/3 (四) / “Like One of the Family”,Alice Childress (小說)
3) 21/4 (四) / 八東病房 (紀錄片)
4) 19/5 (四) / “The Motherhood Penalty – On Discrimination Against Mothers as Mothers” (期刊文章)


1) “Maid to Order in Hong Kong”, Nicole Constable

閱讀章節︰第五章 “Household rules and relations”, 第90-103頁 (指定);104-118 (隨意)

日期︰18/2 (四)
時間︰7:30-9:30 pm

很多僱主對外籍家務工姊妹的規管無孔不入,甚至乎發生在私人嶺域。私事如家務工姊妹穿甚麼衣服、甚麼時候洗澡,工事如每天要做的家務活兒,僱主都要規管。爲何僱主要對外藉家務工加諸那麼多的控制?他們如何「合理化」這些控制?外藉家務工姊妹又有沒有足夠的力量去抵抗這些控制呢? Nicole 在這章節中以不同工人的故事描繪出形形色色的規管,以及不同工人的故事。
2) “Like One of the Family”,Alice Childress (小說)

閱讀章節︰整本小説每個章節簡短易明,我們將閱讀其中5個章節:“Like One of the Family”, “If You Want to Get Along with Me”, “The Health Card”, “We Need a Union Too” 和 “On Leavin’ Notes”.

日期︰17/3 (四)
時間︰7:30-9:30 pm

“Like One of the Family”的作者是Alice Childress。小説最原先於1956年由紐約布魯克林一家獨立書店出版。作者以在紐約工作的兩位家務工—Mildred和Marge—之間的對話出發,反映出黑人家務工在白人家庭的工作生活。這激發我們思考:究竟移工跟僱主的公義相/共處能有如何面貌?我們試着去深探。

3) 八東病房 (紀錄片)

日期︰21/4 (四)
時間︰7:30-9:30 pm

「八東病房」是由台灣國際勞工協會(TIWA) 製作的一套紀錄片。内容講述:在台北市立仁愛醫院的八東病樓裏住著許多需要長期照護的病人,他們大部份由移工照顧;這些移工和病人有着極其緊密的照顧關係,包括餵飯、餵藥、沐浴、按摩….. 傳統華人社會照顧長輩的角色通常落在子女和兒媳身上,當移工填補了照顧者的位置之後,對於家庭中不同角色的期望有甚麼影響? 我們如何正視這群移工的困難?

4)「對付母親的罰則 - 不只係厭女的母親歧視」, Cheryl Seelhoff (期刊文章)

日期︰19/5 (四)
時間︰7:30-9:30 pm

這是Cheryl Seelhoff寫的一篇文章,在2006年1月首次刊登於美國婦解期刊”off our back”(已停刊)。作者對母親在就業、法律及文化地境所承受的歧視及敵意,均有所觀察。雖然她提供了數據研究及較學術性的分析,但始終希望大家能重視返母親/家庭勞動者自己本人所提供的自述。透過討論,希望可以對社會如何排斥、怪責母親有更多檢視。
“AAF domestic worker subcommittee” was established in April 2015 to deepen AAF’s contribution to gender equality for all women regardless of race, class or ability, by focusing on migrant domestic work and workers.

This study group is one of our first activities. The theme of the upcoming year is “foreign domestic workers and family dynamics”. We invite all AAF members and the interested public to join in our monthly gatherings, where we will read and think about what really happens inside the home: What is the role of a domestic worker “in the family”? Can they really be “one of the family”? How does the presence of foreign domestic worker influence employers’ family dynamics?… To echo the upcoming theme, the name of our study is “One of the Family”.

Our first meeting will be on 18 Feb, 2016 (Thurs). It will be held monthly thereafter.Please fill the form as following to sign up.

inquiry : cat@aaf.org.hk


study group timetable :

Time︰7:30-9:30 pm
Event location : AAF office (G/F, No.120, Lai Yeung House, Lei Cheng Uk Estate, Cheung Sha Wan)

1) 18/2 (Thur) / “Maid to Order in Hong Kong”, Nicole Constable
2) 17/3 (Thur) / “Like One of the Family”,Alice Childress (novel)
3) 21/4 (Thur) / Hospital Wing 8 East (documentary video)
4) 19/5 (Thur) / “The Motherhood Penalty – On Discrimination Against Mothers as Mothers”


  1. “Maid to Order in Hong Kong”, by Nicole Constable
    Pages to read: Chapter 5, “Household rules and relations” , 90-103 (compulsory); 104-118 (optional)

Date︰18/2 (Thur)
Time︰7:30-9:30 pm

Employers’ discipline on foreign domestic worker takes various forms and they even extend to workers’ private domains. These discipline range from the ways workers dress, the time they do bathing to the duties they are responsible for. Why do employers impose so much discipline on foreign domestic workers? How do employers “rationalize” these controls? Do foreign domestic workers have power to resist? Nicole illustrates various forms of discipline in this chapter by citing different stories of workers.

  1. Like One of the Family by Alice Childress(novel)

Pages to read: The chapters are short and we will aim to read five of them : “Like One of the Family”, “If You Want to Get Along with Me”, “The Health Card”, “We Need a Union Too” and “On Leavin’ Notes”.”

Date︰17/3 (Thur)
Time︰7:30-9:30 pm

Like One of the Family is a novel by Alice Childress. It was originally published in 1956 by Independence Publishers in Brooklyn, New York. Each chapter is told from the perspective of Mildred, a domestic worker in New York City, to her friend, Marge. Through the dialogue between them, the author reflects the working and living situations of black domestic workers working in white families.

  1. Hospital Wing 8 East (documentary video)

Date︰21/4 (Thur)
Time︰7:30-9:30 pm

It is a documentary film produced by Taiwan International Workers Association (TIWA). Many patients needing long-term care are being cared for by foreign caretakers in Hospital Wing 8 East, of the Jen Ai Hospital in Taipei.The migrant caretakers fulfill a very intimate caring role, including feeding, giving medicine, bathing and massaging. The role of elderly care traditionally falls to the children or daughter-in-law in Chinese families. When a migrant worker fills the place of a family member, how do family expectations and dynamics change ? How should we regard the hardships the migrant workers face?

  1. “The Motherhood Penalty – On Discrimination Against Mothers as Mothers” (Journal article)

Date︰19/5 (Thur)
Time︰7:30-9:30 pm

This is an essay by Cheryl Seelhoff that was first published in the January 1, 2006 issue of “off our back”, a (now defunct) feminist news journal.The author looks at how there is bias and hostility towards mothers (and pregnant women) in employment and in the wider legal and cultural landscape. Although she provides research data and academic analysis, she hopes that we can pay attention to the self narrative of mother / carer themselves. Hopefully through discussion, we can further examine how mother discrimination – and mother blame – impacts our lives.

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